Lampasas: Tik Tok social distancing challenge takes off

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LAMPASAS, Texas (KWTX) Teaching social distancing to children and young adults can be a challenge as the Coronavirus pandemic continues, but Dr. James Cain and the FMC Science staff in Lampasas are doing it in style.

Anna Joy Figurski is one of the lucky winners in FMC Science Tik Tok social distancing challenge. (Courtesy Photo)

They created a weekly competition using the Tik Tok app, where students could create funny videos promoting social distancing.

The videos can include how to wash hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and keeping six feet apart from others. The winner each week would win $500.

Naturally, the competition has been a major success.

"I never use apps like this," Cain said.

"I have three daughters of my own who've helped me use it as we've went along. Now, I know that I need to spend a minimum time on it because it's highly addictive."

Since its inception, the competition has expanded. At first, only Lampasas ISD students were allowed to enter. By the third week, teachers, staff and families from all across Lampasas County were getting involved.

Marketing Director Cara Wood says going forward, they have bigger goals in mind.

"We want to reach out and we wanna hit those other communities," she said.

"I'd love to see all these different communities coming together and spreading awareness about what we need to be doing in these times."

Cain says nothing makes him prouder than seeing young people and their families join in the creativity of a positive message.

"30 and 40,000 kids saw that message every day," he said.

"We all laughed with it. You need laughter when you go through something like this. It can't all be serious."

Anyone interested in viewing the videos submitted in the contests can visit the FMC science Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FMCscience/?redirect=false